It's no surprise that my own understanding of world creation and human history aligns with Dolly:

I loved and adored him, yes, that is evident:

He was always a two balloons kind of dad 

He was a beloved dentist to so many

And my direct link to the tooth fairy

He was brillant, kind, and compassionate.  

And his life and love impacted deep and wide

I am grateful my beloved Dad became my boss man for seven years.  

For the last two years, my heart has ached and my mind has questioned so very much.  I've seen the confusion and effects of suicide in too many lives in just this short time.  The seemingly growing epidemic could leave us paralyzed--unable to go on, much less thrive and take joy in our lives here.  

But, GOD! 

Even in death, sweet friends, can our hearts and lives be resurrected.  

YES.  RICH, VIBRANT, LOVE, AND HOPE FILLED LIVES for us here.

I testify!

The circumstances surrounding your own dark hours may not be similar to mine.  The ramblings and reflections I have shared(sometimes regrettably) is just one experience of one woman--a sometimes hot mess one.  

But sweet friends, that resurrecting story God is telling in my life--He is right there every day, doing it for you, too...can you feel it? Will you allow it?

Prone to Wander? Be encouraged, He is not waiting till you come back from the desert...He never left, you see...He comes to us...and brings us back...refreshes our souls and renews our mind...over and over...with LOVE.  

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)

 I know my sweet daddy has left a multifaceted and wonderful legacy, but his greatest joy was the one He had in the Lord.  My prayer today, is that YOU know God's saving grace too.  

Thank you, sweet friends, old and new, online and off, acquaintances and close confidants, for weaving your story into mine these last two years.  Thank you for staying with me in this mess and encouraging me in the valleys and helping me climb and crawl along.  You are a dear and bright reflection of God using His people to shine His Glory! 

I am filled with hope and a knowing that means knowing the source of our joy and peace is a God who is present and a God who is REAL! #inreallife 

I am so glad you are here and hope your own story will weave its way into mine. And just in case you missed it, let me bring it to you by way of Anne Lamott: 

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